Straight Ahead

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All Music Guide - Evan Cater
Straight Ahead may sound like conventional Christian Contemporary light pop today, but when the album was released in 1984, it was an aggressively contemporary new direction for Amy Grant, the mild-voiced darling of the CCM industry. Grant's previous albums had been dominated by more or less easy-listening gospel tunes, with only a handful of slightly harder-edged exceptions e.g. "Too Late" on the 1980 album Never Alone, "I Have Decided" on 1982's Age to Age. But with Straight Ahead, Grant and her faithful producer Brown Bannister heated up her sound with unprecedented quantities of electric guitar and synthesizer supplied by emerging CCM icon Michael W. Smith, who also ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Evan Cater
Straight Ahead may sound like conventional Christian Contemporary light pop today, but when the album was released in 1984, it was an aggressively contemporary new direction for Amy Grant, the mild-voiced darling of the CCM industry. Grant's previous albums had been dominated by more or less easy-listening gospel tunes, with only a handful of slightly harder-edged exceptions e.g. "Too Late" on the 1980 album Never Alone, "I Have Decided" on 1982's Age to Age. But with Straight Ahead, Grant and her faithful producer Brown Bannister heated up her sound with unprecedented quantities of electric guitar and synthesizer supplied by emerging CCM icon Michael W. Smith, who also handled much of the songwriting. The album became an instant industry classic, and songs like the snappy "Where Do You Hide Your Heart," the worshipful piano ballad "Thy Word," and the Grammy winning rocker "Angels" have become staples in youth-group sing-alongs across the country. Straight Ahead was an important precursor to the even more aggressive 1985 album Unguarded, which produced Grant's first major crossover hit, "Love Will Find a Way."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/14/2007
  • Label: Sparrow
  • UPC: 094639679225
  • Catalog Number: 96792
  • Sales rank: 75,262

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Where Do You Hide Your Heart (3:59)
  2. 2 Jehovah (5:59)
  3. 3 Angels (4:12)
  4. 4 Straight Ahead (3:49)
  5. 5 Thy Word (3:20)
  6. 6 It's Not a Song (3:27)
  7. 7 Open Arms (3:25)
  8. 8 Doubly Good to You (3:14)
  9. 9 Tomorrow (3:25)
  10. 10 The Now and the Not Yet (3:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Amy Grant Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Donna McElroy Background Vocals
Michael W. Smith Piano, Keyboards
Bill Champlin Background Vocals
Gary Chapman Guitar, Background Vocals, Soloist
Jon Goin Guitar, Electric Guitar
Billy Sprague Background Vocals
Debra Black Background Vocals
Mike Brignardello Bass
Robbie Buchanan Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, fender rhodes, Jupiter 8
Lenny Castro Percussion
Shane Keister Organ, Synthesizer
Kim Fleming Background Vocals
Steve George Background Vocals
Chris Harris Background Vocals
Dann Huff Guitar, Soloist
Paul Leim Drums
Kenny Malone Drums
Mark Mason Background Vocals
Marty McCall Background Vocals
Farrell Morris Percussion
Duncan Mullins Bass
Richard Page Background Vocals
Dean Parks Guitar
Gary Pigg Background Vocals
Alan Steinberger Synthesizer
Carmen Twillie Background Vocals
Deborah Lynn Black Background Vocals
David Thornton Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Brown Bannister Producer
Amy Grant Composer
Rich Mullins Composer
Michael W. Smith Composer
Gary Chapman Composer, Executive Producer
Robbie Buchanan Arranger, Composer
Gene Eichelberger Engineer
Steven Ford Engineer
Dennis Hill Art Direction
Alan Moore Arranger
Jack Joseph Puig Engineer
Jim Baird Engineer
Kevin Burns Engineer
Michael Blanton Executive Producer
Dan Harrell Executive Producer
Jerry Mahler Engineer
Adam Ayan Remastering
Daniel Gracia Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Randy-In love with Amy 24 yrs!

    Agree with previous reviewer. From a long time fan, this was the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Molly-age 30(but stuck in the reality that im 18)

    I have 7 albums by Amy and I think this could be the best tape shes ever made. She created her history with this one. I love the song ''Its not a song''. thats great. This tape got me to become an Amy fan. The bottom line is IF YOUR GOING TO GET ANY AMY TAPE, GET THIS ONE. ok? All the songs on this tape are nice.

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